Neil Tambe

I'm a Detroiter who happens to enjoy writing, national parks, orange juice, the performing arts, and fanciful socks. More than anything though, I aspire to be a good husband, father, and citizen.

The day the protests stop

In America today, people are talking about Ferguson. They are reading about it, I hope, from sources representing a variety of viewpoints. Even more, still, are sharing their opinions about the matter. People are protesting, too, and that's what I'm most thankful for. Of course, I'm not thankful for any of the violence and the reason there has to be a protest at all. But the protests mean people still care and still believe that their actions could pressure institutions to change.

The day the protests stop - meaning that they never occur - is what worries me the most. Because when the protests stop it means that citizens have lost their appetite for bettering their communities. It means they have become so disillusioned in their government that they think that trying to change it isn't worth the effort.

I'm glad today isn't the day the protests stopped. I hope that day never comes.